, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday urged politicians and all Kenyans to rise above the partisanship of the campaign period and join hands in building the country.
Speaking when he met leaders of the religious community at KICC, the President-elect said the elections are now over and Kenyans should focus on nation building adding that in his government there will be no losers or winners.
Kenyatta emphasised that he was committed to ensuring that all Kenyans are united under the common desire of building a prosperous nation.
The President-elect therefore thanked the religious leaders for leading the country in praying for peace in the period before, during and after the just concluded general elections.
Saying that religious leaders are the custodians of conscience, the President-elect commended them for playing the noble role of calling upon the political leadership to maintain high standards of probity and integrity and to keep to the straight path however narrow it may be.
Said the President-elect: “I congratulate the religious leadership in our country for the manner in which it has continued to engage the political leadership in all matters of national interest. My government will nurture this tradition.”
The President-elect assured that his government will listen to the voice of religious leaders and respond positively to constructive criticism.
Kenyatta at the same time urged the clergy not to align themselves to any side of the political divide that exist now and that will emerge from time to time, but rather hold every leader accountable to a moral and developmental agenda.
On their part, the clergy who included all mainstream faiths called upon Kenyans to focus on building the nation now that the elections are over.
They also thanked Kenyans for maintaining peace in the period before, during and after the elections.
The religious leaders further appealed to wananchi to embrace reconciliation saying that the General Election was not aimed at dividing Kenyans but bringing good leaders who will serve the country well.
Present during the meeting were Deputy President-elect William Ruto and the immediate former Mvita Member of Parliament, Najib Balala.
The religious leaders included, among others, the ACK Archbishop Eliud Wabukhala, NCCK Secretary General Peter Karanja, AIC presiding Bishop Silas Yego, Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Kenya Father Vincent Wambugu, SUPKEM head of religious studies Sheikh Mohamed Chebwana Mohamed and Chairman of Inter-religious Council of Kenya who is also the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslim Secretary General Adan Wachu.